The Macedonian Tendency: April 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

What is the Character of the Macedonian People ... Captain Evans 1944

By David Edenden

Captain Evans report on Macedonians in Greece captures the culture and character of the Macedonians who tried to maintain their identity under Greek government pressure.

"An old man at KORIFI put this aspect of the Macedonian character very clearly to me. He was a slav, yet had been proedhros (mayor) of his own village Vapsori during Metaxas 's regime. In Consequence he was now out of favour with EAM and ELAS. He told me:  
  • 'You see, we have had so many different masters that now, whoever comes along, we say' (placing his hands together and smiling pleasantly and making a little bow), 'Kalos orisate!' (welcome)
It was most eloquent. It is this perfect duplicity of the Macedonians which makes them difficult to know. It is hard to find out what they are thinking.
This is illustrated by a story below that I heard  when i was young. However, it is low on facts.  If anyone has heard of this story, please share the details ... people ... time .... place.

Florina/Lerin Greek Civil War July 1948

During the Greek Civil War, Macedonian partisans were called to meeting, circa July 1948, with local Greek Communist leaders fighting the Greek royalist government ... to discuss tactics

When they arrived, their guns were taken, and they were given food to eat. One of the Macedonians surveyed the situation and realized that the Greek partisans still had their weapons and Macedonians, Albanians and Vlachs were segregated from the Greeks.

He whispered to his mates 'heads up" ... that something was wrong.

Finally the Greek leader spoke. Without an introduction or any explanation, he simply asked:

"Who do you support ... Tito or Stalin"?

One Macedonian immediately got up, and without missing a beat he said he supports the leadership of the Greek Communist Party because without the unity of Macedonians and Greeks ... all is lost.

Every Macedonian quickly agreed.

It was then explained to them that Tito and Stalin had fallen out and that the leadership had decided to follow Stalin.

I don't know if the Macedonians got their guns back,  what the level of trust was, or how well these people knew each other.

In the middle of the night, all the Macedonians silently left the camp and headed to Bitola in the newly founded Republic of Macedonia ... part of the newly federated Tito's Yugoslavia.

As we know, very little in Macedonia has a happy ending. To this day they are still refugees from Greece, while their Greek comrades were given amnesty in 1982. EU values at work!

What happened to those partisans?
What did the Greek leadership think of them?
Did the Albanians, Vlachs also leave with them?

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Pity the NSA analyst that has to read my tweets and email!

By David Edenden
My complicated relationship with the CIA
My "Salade Macedoine" Politics
In 2005, I predicted Crimea would be a problem if Kosovo was granted independence
My "Putinism" in 2007. Putin ... you really disappoint me!

  1. Comparing Kosovo + Crimea reminds me old the saying Under Capitalism, we have exploitation of man by man Under Socialism, its the opposite
  2. said we are condemned to choose chose oil, gas by opposing: EU, this is your bed, sleep in it
  3. "us or them" negotiations precipitated crisis stepped in to warn is a crutch EU is useless without own army
  4. It would be helpful if pundits stopped the mendacity about The truth is bad enough.
  5. Explaining, but endorsing. control of is similar to with nuclear weapons. simply will not accept it.
  6. My Prediction circa March 1, 2012 "The Ukraine better start to worry about the Crimea and western Ukraine."

  7. "Bringing Russia in" Amb. to Russia Rodric Braithwaite 1997
    The EU + US worked hard to keep Russia down + out
  8. "South-Eastern Europe's Natural Gas Pipeline Competition"
    Does not excuse Putin's stealing the Crimea, explains it.
  9. On Ukraine/Crimea David Klion ( Anatol Lieven (King's College London, New America Foundation)

  10. : more usually in the Balkans it's "cut off your face to spite your nose"! Not sure that applies to
  11. Prediction: CIA Disinformation The "1000 page report to kill protesters" is likely fake.
    Reuters + The Guardian
  12. We still don't know the full role of US (CIA, Army) in the 2001 conflict in Macedonia.
    US General Tata reveals all!
  13. Gold medal "Why EU/US is waging geo-political/economic war vs Russia"
  14. jails 89 year old Catholic Nun for 3 years for protesting at nuclear plant
    Oh ... sorry ... its was !
  15. Best Article. Why did EU drive a wedge with Russia? To start civil war=Evil
  16. Balkan Insight (CIA) ongoing campaign to subvert Macedonia
  17. Why the EU/Nato is kicking Russia's a**
    Not a question of Putin, but a clash of civilizations!
  18. Putin ... regulation slasher! Friend of Business! Soon to be Forbes "Man of the Year"

  19. It would be great if had a steadfast friend like in our corner rather than like

  20. "Five years later, reflecting on the Russia-Georgia war" Stratfor (Robert Kaplan?)
    Ukraine has dropped its' Nato bid
  21. Transition Online, CIA funded, promoting Bulgarian propaganda re: Kyustendil. No Macedonian response.
    Dare I say plot
  22. See how recruits its' spies: Scholarships for Balkan journalists!
    Get in the game!
  23. Glad you helped solve all of America's problems. Now you can turn your attention to Russia's problems!

  24. Putin: To stay in Russia, Snowden must stop "harming our American partners"
    I love Putin such agreat sense of humor!
  25. as "designated loser" Europe court award for rendition victim Khaled al-Masri
    CIA? Other EU guilty states?